Richard Creary, a resident at South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care unit, poses with his grandson, Kyle Foree, and other members of the Kenai High School football team before their game against Homer on Aug. 31.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Richard Creary, a resident at South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care unit, poses with his grandson, Kyle Foree, and other members of the Kenai High School football team before their game against Homer on Aug. 31.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Kenai Kards name Homer resident honorary captain

Richard Creary — a resident at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care unit, 1963 Kenai High School graduate and a retired U.S. Air Force technical sergeant — was interrupted while watching a western on television the morning of Saturday, Aug. 31. 

It was an interruption he didn’t mind, however. His grandson, Kyle Foree, a running back for the Kenai Kardinals, and the entire team of players and coaches surprised Creary with a visit before Kenai’s afternoon game against the Homer Mariners. 

Kardinal Head Coach Jim Dawson presented Creary with a Kardinal shirt, announcing they were making Creary an honorary captain of the team. 

“I don’t like officers,” said Creary, drawing a laugh.

Before leaving, the team shook Creary’s hand, and, one at a time, thanked the veteran for his military service.

In the afternoon game between the Kardinals and Homer, the Kardinals won 78.6.

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